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Blue Origin Engines of Jeff Bezos to Power United Launch Rockets

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Jeff Bezos, the founder of Blue Origin and Amazon.com, appears at a press conference to announce the new BE-4 rocket engine at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

By    |   Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 07:51 AM

A new engine developed by Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos and his company Blue Origin has been chosen by rocket developer United Launch Alliance, a joint venture of Boeing Co and Lockheed Martin Corp.

Reuters reported Tory Bruno, chief executive of ULA, as saying his company expected to start using the new BE-4 engine to power its rockets in about four years, since the company had already been working on the engine for three years.

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He said the new engine would provide substantial cost savings, which ULA planned to pass on to the U.S. Air Force.

ULA says it has successfully delivered more than 85 satellites to orbit that provide critical capabilities for troops in the field, aid meteorologists in tracking severe weather and enable personal device-based GPS navigation.

Bezos told a news conference in Washington that Blue Origin was continuing to work on its own orbital vehicle, which would be ready sometime later this decade. He said the new engine would have a lower production and operating costs.

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A new engine developed by Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos and his company Blue Origin has been chosen by rocket developer United Launch Alliance, a joint venture of Boeing Co and Lockheed Martin Corp.
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